Meta Rolls Out Parental Controls for Instagram and Quest
Updated · Mar 17, 2022
The tools will roll out on Wednesday, starting with Instagram and eventually spreading to all Meta apps.
Meta says that guardians will soon be able to supervise the activities of their wards in virtual environments.
The move follows increased calls from parents and regulators for more protection for children and teens on social media apps. Parental control software and features aid the monitoring and supervision of the online activities of young people, but more needs to be done.
Instagram’s new rollout features a centralized parental control hun dubbed Family Center. Parents and guardians will be able to:
- View how much time their teens spend on Instagram and set time limits.
- Be notified when their teen shares they’ve reported someone.
- View and receive updates on what accounts their teens follow and the accounts that follow their teens.
“Our vision for Family Center is to eventually allow parents and guardians to help their teens manage experiences across Meta technologies, all from one central place,” said Adam Mosseri, Head of Instagram.
Instagram supervision tools became available in the US on Wednesday. It will subsequently spread to other countries over the next few months.
VR Supervision Tools
In addition to Instagram, Meta will also roll out supervision tools for apps on its VR headset, Quest.
“As a first step to giving people more customized control over their VR experience, we’ll expand the functionality of our existing unlock pattern on Quest headsets, starting in April,” Mosseri’s statement said.
Subsequently, from May, parents will be able to stop teens 13+ from downloading age-inappropriate apps on the headset. Additionally, a Parent Dashboard will house all the supervision tools linked to a minor’s account.
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